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Mark BaratelliEvery Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida. Whether you’re in the mood to take in an art show, attend a festival, see a film or spend some time in the great outdoors, Mark dishes on the hottest happenings the weekend has to offer.


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This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Movie Night

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition Saturday at six at the Rosen Centre at 9840 International Drive. Tag me in your pics so I can see what this teen queen competition is like. Tonight at 7:30 pack up the blanket, snacks and alcohol and head to Leu Gardens for Movie Night. The movie is something called "You Can't Take It With You" and will start at 8:30. All twerk levels are welcome at professional choreographer, dancer and fitness instructor Ty Gilbert's TwerkShop Master Class. Yes. TWERK. SHOP. Squat it, pop it and drop it low in this easy to follow two hour rump shakin' class at the Brickhouse Cardio Club in Kissimmee tonight seven to nine. The Southern Bully Bash is an ABKC official bulldog dog show and competition featuring French, English and Olde bulldogs is Saturday at nine at the Central Florida Fairgrounds at 4603 W Colonial Drive in sunny and fun Orlando. And finally, the TMNT FEST will present live performances, gaming tournaments and drank specials all themed after... the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Party like it's the late eighties and early nineties Saturday starting at 8 at the Geek Easy, 114 S Semoran Blvd in swanky Winter Park.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Arnold Day and More

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features the Ace Metric's "Alley Cat Race," a bike messenger-style race Saturday at two at Ace Metric Cycles at 1844 E. Winter Park Road. The 10th Annual Arnold Day, Orlando's annual Arnold Schwarzenegger tribute event Saturday noon until two in the morning at Lazy Moon Pizza, 11551 University Blvd. Expect a movie marathon, booze and people dressed in muscle costumes. Tons of boats sweep and swoop through an incredible inflatable obstacle course Saturday twelve to five in the Lake Conway Wipeout. Last year the event raised $10k for Leukemia research. It's at the Lake Conway public boat ramp on Hoffner just east of Orange in Orlando 100 bands will be at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Sunday starting at eleven in the morning for the annual Vans Warped Tour... playing music, selling skateboards and pimping energy drink brands. And finally, adults dressed as furry alligators, chipmunks and celery sticks will be duking it out in wacky, gladiator-themed games for all the world to see at the annual Celebrity Mascot Games Sunday at 12:30 at the Amway Arena in downtown Orlando.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli SunRail Conductor Crawl

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features the Sunrail Conductor Crawl tonight at 6 and every month, it starts at Cafe Red across from 55 West in downtown Orlando and ends at Harry Buffalo's. There's no fee to participate, but to ride SunRail it will cost $3.75 round trip. The Orlando Elks Vintage Faire is this Saturday nine to three at Elks Lodge No 1079 at 12 N. Primrose Drive in Orlando. The Sixth Annual Southern Fried Sunday Mustard Seed Benefit will feature more than 20 bands, a barbecue buffet, and vendors. Proceeds benefit The Mustard Seed. It takes place Sunday starting at three at Will's Pub at 1042 N. Mills Avenue. Farmer John will share tips for harvesting your bumper crop free Saturday nine to eleven at the epicenter of fancy food, East End Market at 3201 Corrine Drive in Orlando's Audubon Park Garden District

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Quirky Events and Celebrations

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features quirky mix of shopping, art and celebrations: Boutique brands of Florida streetwear will be on display Saturday 2-7 at cafe Annie in downtown Orlando during The Black Mxrkt Streetware Tradeshow. Admission is free. This Saturday starting at 6, enjoy a Marie Antoinette autograph signing, guillotine photo op, croquet games, mini French-themed art show, open-air market, wine & cheese tasting, vendors and baguette fencing at the 6th Annual Bastille Day Celebration in the Audubon Park garden district. Admission is free. Saturday 6 in the evening until 4 in the morning, experience space-Fest, a fundraising event featuring the sincerely kooky and creative side of Orlando presenting workshops, puppet shows and live music. It's at "The Space," the art house just above the pizza shop near the corner of Mills and Colonial. The Beautify the City Project is a citizen-led initiative to make Orlando a more beautiful place. This Sunday at noon at Lake Eola Park they will inflate hundreds of balloons and ask people what they're thankful for. Also on Sunday at 12:30 in Lake Eola Park at East Central Blvd & Osceola Avenue, the "Happiness Sprinkling Project Orlando" will ask guests to wear yellow clothing and get ready to hold some signs for a random undefined pop up event. This Sunday Orlando's top vintage clothing source, other people's property, will put on a shopping event called "the happy hours" inside the Red Light Red Light bar featuring vintage shopping, desserts from The Pop Parlour, Jewelry by Su Laing, flowers by My Yard Farm, free mini hair services by Be Creative House.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli July 4th

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features an Independence Day edition: Downtown Orlando's "fireworks at the fountain" started at 4 and will be accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic at Lake Eola Park. St Cloud's annual Margaritaville Party for Jimmy Buffet fans started at 3 and goes til 10 at Lakefront Park. Oviedo's carnival games and carnival food, craft vendors and fireworks started 5 at Oviedo Mall. Kissimmee's gaggle of activities including TheDailyCity.com Food Truck Bazaar's twenty-two bazar approved food trucks, a fireworks show, bounce houses, live music, beer garden started at 5 and runs til 9:30 at Lakefront Park. Sanford's live entertainment, food, splash pad and fireworks display all started at five at Fort Mellon Park. Avalon Park's apple pie bake-off, hot dot eating contest, bike parade and fireworks started at five and runs til nine at the Avalon Park Town Center. Winter Springs's parade, food, music and fireworks started at five and goes until nine thirty at Central Winds Park. Celebration's costume contest, fireworks, bounce houses, live music and jousting area started at 5:30 at Celebration Town Center. Austins Coffee's ninth annual "I-4 Festival" started at noon and runs all day and night with 26 bands, vegan and non vegan food options and beer specials at Austins Coffee in Winter Park.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Weekend of Fun

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features The Hillbilly Fest Sunday at 3 at the Stagger Inn in downtown Orlando, Matt Izaguirre, a cocktail expert and bartender at Hanson's Shoe Repair will lead a "classic cocktails" workshop Saturday at 11 at Credo Coffee in College Park, the Sour Beer Dinner is Saturday 2 to 5 at the UCF location of World of Beer. Admission includes a four-course meal, select beer pairings with each course, a lecture on the food and beer being tasted. Afterwards, stick around for the Sour Beer Festival 6-9 and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is giving a concert of patriotic-only songs Saturday at 7:30 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando inside the airport.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Zen Awakening

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features The Zen Awakening Festival with DJ's, bands, yoga, meditation, spiritual teachers, workshops, organic food, art installations all taking place on the summer solstice, it starts Saturday 5am at Zen Fields in Winter Garden. Celebrate American Eagle Day by meeting the bald eagle named "Mike," saying hello to other birds of prey on display, participating in family activities, crafts for kids, photos ops, snacks and refreshments and more for free Saturday at the Avian Reconditioning Center in Apopka. The Lakeridge Winery 24th Annual Harvest Festival starts Saturday at 10am and includes the annual stomping of the grapes, over 80 local artists and crafters, live music, food and winery tours and takes place at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont. From 12 to 4 the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibit will be at the Orlando Museum of Art. This inaugural exhibition series will feature the art of the most progressive and exciting artists currently living and working in the state. The museum is located on Mills Avenue in Orlando. At 6 the BSide artist collective put on their 7th annual showcase paying tribute to past, present and future of this home-grown Orlando gaggle of street-inspired artists at the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Sea Turtle Fest

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features the 4th Annual Sea Turtle Festival in Titusville Saturday starting at 8am, The Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course takes place Saturday 10-5 at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, The Cocoa Beach Pirate Fest is Saturday 10 to 6 at the International Palms Resort, Retro City Cycles is hosting a bicycle scavenger hunt Saturday at 1 and a Craft Beer class will be held at the JW Marriott Saturday at 10am.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Bacon Bonanza

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features the Big Bacon Bonanza at Harley-Davidson of Orlando Saturday at noon, the "School's Out Summer Fest" is this Saturday at noon at the Central Florida Fairgrounds with dodge ball, obstacle courses and water slides,The Orlando Spring Home & Garden Show at the CFE Arena at UCF takes place Saturday at 10am, The Red Bull BC One Orlando Cypher at Full Sail University where the best b-boys in the South will come together to fight for the top spot and the right to represent North America in the World Finals starting at 4 and Orlando food trucks will be set up in Sanford on Saturday 5 to 8 at 265 North Palmetto Ave.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli May-Hem Convention

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features The Asian Cultural Festival taking place at Orlando Fashion Square Mall Saturday at noon, The Eighth Annual Hurricane Party musical festival is back in downtown Sanford with 47 bands on four stages at the West End Trading Co Saturday at noon, Spooky Empire's May-hem is at the DoubleTree by Hilton Saturday and Sunday all day, The Wine Quest Grand Tasting & Auction will be at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Saturday at 7 and the comedic play Escape From Baldwin Park will be performed at Theatre Downtown this Sunday and next Sunday at 7.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli How to Fringe

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli has a how to guide to the Orlando Fringe Festival.

This Weekend with The Daily City | Mark Baratelli Orlando Fringe Festival

Publisher of the Daily City, Mark Baratelli features the Bounce House Carnival taking place noon on Saturday at Epiphany Church in Oviedo, the 8th annual Colloquium on Preservation with Nicole Curtis from HGTV is at 10am on Saturday at the Tiedke Concert Hall at Rollins College, The Orlando Fringe Festival runs for 13 days until May 27th in Loch Haven Park a full schedule is at orlandofringe.org and A Taste for Learning benefit dinner and auction takes place Saturday at 7pm at Rosen Shingle Creek.

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